In Zone A of law enforcement and fire / EMS radios, BRICS users have incident talkgroups specific to their discipline.

Coverage on these talkgroups includes adjacent Ohio counties, due to our interconnection with the state’s MARCS radio system.

09 LAW…

slides-LAWThere are twelve incident talkgroups on BRICS shared by all law enforcement agencies. Located in Zone A and labeled ’09 LAW’ for Butler County Law Enforcement, these talkgroups are encrypted and available for assignment by any dispatch center.

Since these talkgroups are easily accessible and available to all law enforcement agencies, they are the best place to assign any response that could potentially involve mutual aid from another agency. They’re also used for routine details involving a single agency.

At the request of the Butler County police chiefs, the sixteenth talkgroup will primarily be used first for emergencies like pursuits. Since these talkgroups are easily accessible and available to all law enforcement agencies, they are the best place to assign a law enforcement response that could potentially expand to involve mutual aid. Pursuits, for instance, are unpredictable and could quickly move towards any jurisdiction. We recommend that local agencies develop policies that rapidly shift incidents like these to a common talkgroup.

09 FIRE…

slides-FIREThere are twelve incident talkgroups on BRICS shared by all fire and EMS agencies. Located in Zone A for fire and EMS users and labeled “09 FIRE” for Butler County Fire, these talkgroups are available for assignment by any dispatch center. They are sometimes referred to as “fireground” talkgroups.

Since these talkgroups are easily accessible and available to all fire/EMS agencies, they are the best place to assign any fire or medical response that could potentially expand to involve mutual aid companies. Even a “routine” fire alarm response could expand to a structure fire requiring mutual aid. It would be best to have the initial responding units on a talkgroup that will accommodate mutual aid, so they don’t have to switch later.

The odd-numbered FIRE talkgroups are normally assigned first by dispatch centers, leaving the corresponding even-numbered talkgroup available should the incident expand. A fire alarm response on 09 FIRE 05, for instance, that expands to a structure fire requiring a tanker shuttle operation, can be assigned 09 FIRE 06 for ease of switching.

Learn more about all our talkgroups:
http://brics.butlersheriff.org/help/radio/talkgroups/